REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Tie Rod Ends
See Figures 1 through 8
- Raise and safely support the vehicles with jackstands.
- Matchmark the installed position of the tie rod end with paint or a marker.
- Remove the cotter pin and castellated nut from the tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
- Loosen the adjusting nut at the base of the tie rod end.
- Remove the tie rod end ball stud from the steering knuckle, using Universal Steering Linkage Puller J-24319-01 or equivalent.
- Unscrew the tie rod end from the steering gear unit. Note the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end.
- Lubricate the tie rod threads with chassis grease.
- Screw the tie rod end onto the steering gear unit.
Front end alignment may need to be reset if the tie rod end is not installed the same number of turns.
- Insert the ball stud into the steering knuckle and hand-start the castellated nut. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Tighten (do not loosen) further, as required, to align the cotter pin holes in the stud and nut. Install a new cotter pin.
- Tighten the hex nut against the outer tie rod end to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
- Carefully lower the vehicle. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted if necessary, at a reputable repair shop.